Today, few congressional districts are competitive. Through the once-a-decade redistricting process, voters don’t choose lawmakers — lawmakers routinely choose voters. Drawn by partisan legislatures, most districts now are truly one-party fiefdoms. The real battles often rage in primaries, which pull our representatives to the ideological fringe.
With political parties growing increasingly brazen as they grapple for advantage, redistricting reform has become a hot topic in several states. Most measures would remove the job of drawing districts from legislatures and give it to a nonpartisan commission.
The Brennan Center supports a redistricting process that is fair, leads to accountability and competition, and ensures that communities are fully represented in the legislature. Through legal and policy analysis, draft legislation, and public speaking opportunities, our experts work with advocates and community groups across the country to promote meaningful redistricting reform that puts the interest of voters first.